Q: Why does the IAC take a scientific approach?  Isn’t science restrictive and limiting in terms of its interpretation of and application to ‘spiritual’ or psychic experiences?

When we take a scientific approach to studying ourselves, it allows us to get more accurate results, test theories using sound methodologies, and discard restrictive and unnecessary mystical beliefs and dogmas that may block us from obtaining self-knowledge and hinder our evolutionary process.  We view the scientific approach as the best option available.

IAC participates in the science of conscientiology, which refers to the scientific study of consciousness from an integral,  evolutionary, and multdimensional perspective.  Conscientiology seeks to take the best from the methods and principles of science, integrating them to develop a more expanded approach and comprehensive view of consciousness and multidimensional (psychic) reality.  This approach is inclusive of the genuine psychic or multidimensional experiences (‘transpersonal,’ ‘transcendent,’ ‘spiritual’) had by millions of people around the world, which are at this time disregarded or ignored by physical science and the public at large.

One important difference between conscientiology and the physical sciences is that it is rooted in a first-person approach to the study of consciousness. Using a first-person approach allows people to apply the scientific method to their personal experiences, including intuition, out-of-body experiences, dream precognitions (premonitions), and other experiences that are often ignored, misunderstood or explained away by the physical sciences.  Conscientiology does embrace the appropriate use of the traditional third-person approach but, unlike conventional reductionist science, it does not hamper investigation of the full range of objective phenomena that form part of our reality by restricting itself to the exclusive use of that approach.

Q. What is the science of conscientiology? Could you explain more?

A. Just as terms like ‘biology’ and ‘sociology’ refer to specific fields of study, the term ‘conscientiology’ refers to the scientific study of consciousness (commonly referred to as self, ego, soul, essence, spirit) from an integral, evolutionary and multidimensional perspective. Conscientiology is more comprehensive than traditional psychology because its scope of investigation extends beyond the boundaries of physical reality, encompassing non-physical or multidimensional phenomena such as psychic awareness, intuition, subtle energy, the holosoma (non-physical bodies), reincarnation and more.  Conscientiology is also more comprehensive than the usual type of ‘consciousness studies’ found in modern academia which, like traditional psychology, often exclude the psychic or ‘spiritual’ domains of human experience.  Such programs often instead rely on restricted physical viewpoints of consciousness and reality, at most touching on topics such as meditation or Buddhist frameworks, and even then typically confining them to a physicalist interpretation.

Conscientiological studies are based on scientific principles, methods, consensus, bibliographical research, observations, and self-research on the part of those who participate in the science.  Unlike the conventional sciences, Conscientiology is participatory in nature and open to all individuals who seek greater self-knowledge and understanding of their reality.  Unlike traditional sciences that are often limited to individuals who hold graduate degrees in specialized areas of science, one does not necessarily need to have a degree or have extraordinary abilities to participate in the science of conscientiology, simply the will and disposition to learn about themselves and their reality, and to develop themselves.  This last point is important, however: in conscientiology the primary research instrument is the human consciousness, and thus while everyone isencouraged to participate in research, the most robust new proposals will tend to come from experienced individuals who have trained with the methods and techniques of this field for some years, and thus are able to make more accurate observations of non-physical phenomena

Q:  When you say conscientiology is a science of consciousness from a multidimensional perspective, do you mean it does not operate under the Newtonian-Cartesian paradigm?

Yes.  Instead it places consciousness at its center and suggests a need for investigation that goes beyond the explorations of traditional mechanistic science. Conventional science systematically excludes the idea of an individual essence or consciousness (popularly known as spirit, ego, ‘ghost in the machine’) being the primary causal force in its own existence.  By contrast the consciential paradigm, via self-research and personal experimentation, examines the consciousness and the full range of our manifestations, including our multidimensional nature, as well as our relationship with non-physical dimensions and our perceptions that go beyond the ordinary physical senses.  It is inclusive of the genuine psychic, multidimensional, ‘transpersonal,’ ‘transcendent,’ or ‘spiritual’ experiences had by millions of people around the world.

Q. What is the science of projectiology?

A. Projectiology is the scientific study of the projection of one’s consciousness beyond the human body.  The phenomenon of the out-of-body experience (often referred to as the OBE, OOBE, out-of-body experience, astral projection, or astral travel) is one of the the main focuses of study and experimentation in projectiology.

Although projectiology’s primary focus is the out-of-body experience, it actually studies all phenomena involving a separation of the bodies of manifestation, and thus also encompasses the study of psychic phenomena and energy. Projectiology theoretically and practically analyzes all of the aspects and consequences of the out-of body experience and such related  “paranormal” or non-physical phenomena. These phenomena are primarily studied as sources for self-knowledge and personal growth, besides the more accurate context that they provide for our entire reality.

Q: From where does the word ‘projectiology’ originate?

It comes from the root word ‘projection’, as in ‘projection of the consciousness’ or ‘astral projection,’ and in this sense is used to convey the phenomenon whereby the consciousness projects itself or its center of awareness outside of the physical body in a real, objective, non-physical body of manifestation. Hence projectiology is the scientific study of projections of the consciousness.

Q. What is self-research?

A. Self-research describes scientific research carried out by individuals seeking a more complete understanding of themselves, and more comprehensive physical and non-physical self-knowledge. It is the process of obtaining self-knowledge from a physical, energetic, emotional, mental and ‘spiritual’ or multidimensional perspective.  This kind of research involves the individual’s consciousness as both the subject of research and the researcher who observes and analyzes. In the other words the observer is that which is observed.  Personal experimentation is a key means by which one performs self-research.

Q. How reliable are subjective experiences as the basis for a science?

A. Through the accumulation of the experiences of many individuals, a consensus can be arrived at, showing the trend or mechanism by which a psychic phenomenon or one’s evolutionary process may work. So as to arrive at leading-edge conclusions, key conscientiological analyses are based on both cross-cultural historical sources and the current reports of self-experimenters.

Q. What is the best way of verifying the conclusions presented by IAC?

A. When related to non-physical reality, one of the most intelligent approaches is to make one’s own direct observations through having multidimensional experiences. The principle “Don’t believe in anything, have your own experiences” applies here.

Q. What are the self-research laboratories?

A. Physically, a self-research laboratory is a room with features that allow for the control of physical conditions – light, temperature and sound levels for example, while non-physically preparations are made to install an energetic field relating to the lab’s theme or focus; the result is a multidimensional chamber providing optimized conditions for psychic and inter-dimensional experiences.  Often a lab is used by many people over time, which makes the energies of the lab stronger and more focused on that particular theme, consequently facilitating greater perceptions, awareness and results for the self-experimenter.  This specialized arrangement of the physical, non-physical and energetic situation creates an opportunity for deep self-research and expansion of one’s self-awareness as it relates to the theme of each laboratory.

Q. What kind of self-research laboratories are there at the IAC Campus?

A. There are currently four laboratories at the IAC Campus in Evoramonte, Portugal:

1. The Projectarium, which is a specialized lab for producing out-of-body experiences.

2. The Waking Physical Immobility Lab, which is a specialized lab for, among several benefits, developing control over our body and greater understanding of our thoughts, sentiments and energy.

3. The Cosmoconsciousness lab, which helps individuals to have expansions of consciousness and even experiences of Cosmoconsciousness (i.e. cosmic consciousness, satori, samadhi, nirvana).

4. The Phytoenergy lab, which is for interacting with and perceiving the energy of nature (immanent energy).

New self-research laboratories are added periodically – on average, every two to three years.

Q. Are the findings and results of studies published somewhere?

A. There are several publications where results are published. One of the main ones is the “Journal of Conscientiology (JofC).” The JofC is a scientific publication where people publish many of their findings, accounts, methods and theories related to the consciousness.  Their articles could be based on self-research, research of non-physical phenomena using new multidimensional methodologies, and more traditional research in multidimensional consciousness studies.  Beyond the JofC, researchers have also written several books on their research lines and published articles in various publications, magazines, journals, etc.

Q. Beyond written publications, are there any congresses promoted for the exchange of these ideas?

A. The IAC organizes several international conferences and symposia to advance and exchange ideas about the consciousness from a multidimensional and evolutionary perspective. Primarily, IAC holds the International Research Symposium on Conscientiological Research, and has also hosted the Global Symposium on Existential Inversion and Evolutionary Strategies.

Q. Can I collaborate with IAC in its research endeavors or propose a new research project of my own and collaborate with IAC on the project?

A. Yes, if you are interested in helping IAC in its research endeavors or you would like to submit a research proposal, please send your request or research project, along with its objective, methodology, and other pertinent information to science@iacworld.org.